Slave Empire III - The Shrike
on Sep. 12, 2011
Bit of a let down for me, more like mills and boon than SciFi.
Irritating repetative theme of "Stupid emotional girl gets in a huff and storms of to do her own thing" then gets kidnapped (yet again) and as to be rescued (yet again) at great cost and loss of life. Would have been better for all concerned if Rayne had been left in the Crystal Ship at the end of book 2!
Combined Edition: The Awakened Books One Through Three
on Sep. 19, 2011
This is books 1-3 The Awakened. The story line is brilliant!
I had no idea what the ending would be right up until Kael
turns into a Dragon (just kidding he doesn't);-)
A few grammatical errors. I notice the frequent lack (of) use of the prepositon "of". Not just in this book either. Is this acceptable modern English of is it just me?
So once again an excellent suspense filled fantasy novel. I look forward to the next episodes.
80AD - The Jewel of Asgard (Book 1)
on Jan. 04, 2012
Although this book is rated as young Adult/teen and I am short of teen by at least 45 years the description seemed to be the sort of thing I like to read (Scifi/Fantasy) so I gave it a go. Well I thought it was excellent reading and I am looking forward to the rest of the series. So maybe the category should include "old youngsters"
on July 05, 2012
Excellent! Unlike some trilogies I've read, this one does not run out of steam in the final book. Kept my interest right up to the end.
Pity it has to be a Trilogy I could have read more!
on Aug. 04, 2012
It's a while since I read book one of this series and it didn't refresh my memory (which is normally pretty good with books). As is mentioned below that's because it is set some time after. Once I got going I found it very readable and because of the July discount I had taken a chance and bought book three also. At the end I was pleased that I had and was looking forward to reading that too.
Rise of Shadows
on Aug. 04, 2012
I was not disappointed by the 3rd book in the series, very readable and interesting storyline.
on Aug. 04, 2012
I found the free book one very enjoyable and had to find out what happened in book two. I was not let down and found this just as interesting. Splendid stuff.
Legends of Origin 2 - Orion's Harvesters
on Aug. 04, 2012
Being tight I usually wait until I've read a free book which I enjoy before I buy book(s) 2/3 and I don't usualy spend more than $3 per book. Because of Smashwords July discount and the fact that I had read and enjoyed other books from this author I downloaded the free and paid books (1 & 2).
I was not disappointed. Hopefully there will be a book 3.
Good storyline although I'm now a bit concerned about Dec 2012. Should I set up my telescope or hide?
on Aug. 13, 2012
I found this very enjoyable and hope there is more to come.
on Aug. 13, 2012
Excellent follow on to Fatal Boarding. Hope there is more to come.
Ghostwalker (The Chronicles of Zanthora: Book One)
on Aug. 29, 2013
I enjoyed the story and I also enjoyed the fact that there were very few typos. The ones I spotted were also very minor.
Ending was a bit sudden but there is more to come.
Keep up the good work.
Nomads of the Gods
on May 19, 2014
I volunteered to proof read this book, looking only for spelling mistakes and incorrect word use and really bad grammatical errors. I decided that grammar and style was too big a commitment. I finished about Dec 2013.
I am mystified about post 2014 comments about spelling, I have rechecked and found at most 6 spelling mistakes! Did the reviewers mean wrong word use? There is a difference.
One review refers to the Gor series. I read book 1 and apart from the location Gor/Gorn, the restricted use of technology and domesticated prehistoric creatures, the books are totally different. The Gor book is written entirely in the 1st person while this book is multiple 3rd person viewpoints. How can you judge a 500ish page book by the first 38 pages? If you want improvements, try to be specific!
My own review, I am a Sci-fi / fantasty fan.
Prior to 2014, spelling, word use and grammar was to me a major distraction. However I thought the storyline was very good. That's why I volunteered to proof read it, but only for spelling and misuse of words.
After 2014 spelling and misuse of words should be minimal.
Grammar is another issue.
I have spent a lot of time proofing Book 2, it's taken about 5 months. This time grammar, word logic, spelling and word use were edited. So subject to the Author's acceptance, this revision of Book 2 could be available soon.
Feedback welcome, but please try be specific.
I've given NOTG 4 Stars reflecting an excellent story, grammar and word logic, needs work for the extra star.
Nomads The Fallen God
on May 30, 2014
Reading the review by Mark Schultz, I'm hoping he read the version of TFG before it was proof read and edited by myself, uploaded late May.
The revised version may still have mistakes, I'm not perfect. As with NOTG I volunteered to do this because I thought the story was extremely good and deserved a good proofing. Not having read TFG, I was able to enjoy the read while proofing/editing.
Pity there's no way of contacting Smashwords' members for additional info. I found the storyline to be first class with some unexpected outcomes.
The Lord of the Plains
on Aug. 16, 2015
I found this interestingly different with unexpected events and it was very well written.
The Broken Kingdom
on Aug. 17, 2015
The writing style was still good but I got the feeling that the author was getting a little tired with the plot. Certain fairly important events are IMO glossed over.
I was a bit disappointed to find the main character had turned into a Politically Correct American adolescent. Surely in a multi species fantasy the author can manage better than "Excuse me!" to indicate indignant surprise,
plus a few more in the same vein and "We're not Gemengs we're Mixed". Oh come on!
Convincing the followers of 2 of the main characters adversaries to change their allegiance was fairly critical to the final outcome, but how it was achieved was given very little explanation, I would have liked a bit more, Book 1 covered everything much more thoroughly so it is definitely within the author's ability.
on Oct. 15, 2015
Very enjoyable and novel storyline.
Pity Frostbite (book 2) only seems to be available for Kindle.
Polo Shawcross: The Birthday Dragon
on Jan. 05, 2018
Excellent, once I started, I couldn;t leace it alone until finished.
For people like me who can't tolerate bad grammer it was a real treat.
Polo Shawcross: Dragon Skin
on Jan. 08, 2018
Well book III is just as exciting as I & II so I'll definitely be buying Book IV
Although the writing is still very good, I did notice more "tired author" errors in Book III.
Things like "I would never expect to see" see what ?
or the word equivalent of transposition error e.g.
I was there was over the .....
These aren't quotes, just examples. Not easy to spot maybe grammer checker will find them?